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Sep 4, 2011 4:51 pm

Picture America

Source: National Endowment for the Humanities

Twenty-seven iconic images in American history are presented on this website, designed specifically to encourage educators to use images as primary source documents in the classroom. The images range in time from 17th-century depictions of the Catholic mission in San Antonio through the contemporary art of Washington, D.C., native Martin Puryear. Also included are the Lansdowne portrait of George Washington, "Washington Crossing the Delaware," and Hiram Powers's statue of Benjamin Franklin, as well as works by artists such as Grant Wood, George Catlin, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and Edward Hopper, and by photographers Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange. All images are accompanied by a brief annotation providing historical context, a biography of the artist, and a list of online resources with further contextual information, lesson plans, and classroom activities. Images enlarge to full screen, and are searchable by artist and theme: Leadership, Freedom & Equality, Democracy, Courage, Landscapes, and Creativity & Ingenuity.

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